The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching --- you have my full support!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
On January 21, 2017, the Women's March drew approximately half a million people to Washington DC, and approximately 750, 000 people to Los Angeles, not to mention sister marches throughout the United States and the world. Women (and men) marched peacefully to defend women's rights--not to mention basic human rights-- and protest several of the policies of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and his cabinet particularly as they come to climate change, education, and immigration policy.
Today, the March for Life is happening in Washington. It's happened each year since the nation wide legalization of abortion in 1973. FYI: If you are reading this, you know someone who has had an abortion, even if they haven't told you about it.
🚨Important: people should absolutely be able to march for their beliefs. Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of our democracy-- and we are fortunate for that.🚨
However-- to be pro life is to make a clear message: I believe that the government should make decisions on what a woman should be able to do with her body. This march is saying--women don't deserve control over themselves, so let's have men make the decisions for them. Comedian Kate Berlant tweeted, "Forced motherhood is female enslavement."
Why is this important? Because in a time where Planned Parenthood is being threatened and a Global Gag Rule has been reinstated, women's reproductive rights and health care around the world are in jeopardy due to the actions of our administration.
Writer Jane Helpern explains that as a result of the Gag Rule, "Marie Stopes alone estimates that if it cannot find replacement funding, the new policy will result in 6.5 million unintentional pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions and 21,700 women dying in pregnancy or childbirth."
Mike Pence is the first Vice President in the history of the march to address the crowd in person, although other Republican presidents have done so via the phone, according to The Blaze. The Washington Post explained that as governor of Indiana, Pence "signed what was considered some of the strictest laws on abortion."
While addressing the march, he said, "Life is winning again in America. That is evident in...the historic election of a president...who I proudly say stands for the right to life.”
PS-- Trump just came out in favor of torture. 😧 😧 😧 😧
My guess is that if men were the ones carrying children in their womb for 9 months, delivering them, and then were the primary caregivers (and yet were also paid less in the work force, often without proper maternity leave or places at the office where it was appropriate to breast feed)-- abortion would not even be an issue.
But obviously, it's more than that. The March for Life is more like a March for Birth- because quality of life, for both mother and baby, once these children are born, is not being addressed on either a personal or legislative level.
If you are going to force women to have unwanted pregnancies, you must also give women and children--ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN--access to proper education, housing, access to food, healthcare, etc.
But also...hot take... if you don't want an abortion, just don't have one? Seems like good idea instead of campaigning for legislature that will control all of our bodies.
BASICALLY:👏 KEEP 👏 THE 👏 GOVERNMENT 👏OUTTA 👏MY 👏UTERUS 👏PLZ👏
Fun fact: being pro-choice doesn't mean you want to get an abortion. It doesn't mean abortions are your means of contraception. It's not purposeful. For ex/ My best friend was having protected sex with an exclusive partner when the condom broke. The next day she took the morning after pill. Unfortunately, she still got pregnant. She was in no place financially, career wise, or emotionally with her partner to have a child. I took her to get an abortion. She cried a lot. It was an unhappy yet necessary experience.
This is about a woman's right to choose what's best for her own body. My body isn't a city, it's not public domain, it's not for the government to create legislature over.
That makes sense, right?
Some people on Twitter weighed in.
how do i nominate this headline for the mark twain humor award pic.twitter.com/2hnTr47ZDv— Ali V. (@alivingiano) October 6, 2016
May the #MarchForLife see dignity and value in the lives of immigrants, refugees, religious & ethnic minorities - born & unborn.— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) January 27, 2017
Will #MarchForLife demonstrators fight for pre-natal care for poor women who have a child to ensure the baby is born healthy? I'll wait.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 27, 2017
Let's be clear: this is not a march for life. This is a march to control women's sexuality. Full stop. #MarchForLife— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) January 26, 2017
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